Buck Naked (Cougarville #1) by Evangeline Anderson #mf #review @EvangelineA @SMPRomance


Sadie Becker is not herself. A 40-year-old, divorced mother of two, Sadie wakes up one morning and realizes that she looks and feels like she did in her twenties. Suddenly she’s unable to walk around in her new town of Cougarville without men falling at her feet. Confused and alone, Sadie isn’t sure who to turn to…except answers to her problems might reside with her broodingly handsome reclusive neighbor, Mathis.

An alpha shifter, Mathis lost the love of his life, and he knows he’ll never find another mate. But his innocent new neighbor clearly doesn’t know the danger she’s in, and he’s the only one who can save her.

But when the attraction pulls too strong, will Mathis’ animal nature be unleashed and claim Sadie for his own? Buck Naked is a sexy, emotional thrill-ride that will hook readers on this fantastic new series.

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There are several things that I enjoyed about this paranormal romance. Sadie was 40 years old. The lore of the shifters was different and I enjoyed the world built around it. I liked that Mathis was an alpha male not of the carnivore variety, and he was still badass. The circumstances with everyone thinking that Sadie knew what was going on was both funny and annoying. The humor I had for her ignorance did stop before Sadie figured things out, and by that time I was annoyed and relieved that the cat was out of the bag. I was not a fan of Liam. I believe that blackmailing people into saying yes is crappy no matter how it is explained away later. My heart went out to Mathis and loved him and Sadie together.

The one thing that I found a little hard to get over is Sadie not catching on that something weird was going on. If I had been in that situation, I would’ve left town without stopping at the house when my tires were slashed. People fighting over her, the women being rude, no one had a clue she was, well, clueless. I made me ask why someone didn’t take her aside and ask her what she thought she was doing. But more importantly, Sadie didn’t show enough concern over the overly weird things going on. She kept putting off talking to someone or asking questions. Frankly, every one of those situations would’ve been scary in real life and any sane woman would’ve left. But once she did start asking questions, and things began to fall into place, the less I was tempted to throttle Sadie.

Once Sadie understood what was happening, the story’s pace progressed well for me. There never was downtime or a lag and it kept me invested until the end. Poor Mathis, I understood his worries and his vow, the reasons he fought the bond, but I still wanted to smack him a time or two. He and Sadie was excellent together when they weren’t overthinking things. The way they danced around each other had me on my toes and worried what Liam would do. Excellent read.

This is one of the best paranormal romance books I have read this year. It’ll definitely be on my reread list and one that I’ll recommend to others.

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